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Crock Pot Applesauce

At times I wonder if you’re into crock pots like I am. Honestly I’ve held back a bit so as not to scare you off. See, I own…..wait for it….. 3 crock pots. Whew, that’s a load off. What’s more is I often use all three simultaneously. That’s right. Main course, side and dessert all served in crock pots for the masses.

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Summer heat has me trying to make every dish a cold one in my kitchen. This girl does NOT like to heat up the kitchen when it’s over 100° outside everyday. Honestly, I feel like my face could actually melt when I go outside so why would I turn my kitchen into the same hot mess? Relief is on the way. I’ve created homemade vanilla ice cream. And you don’t need an ice cream maker. Continue reading Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Cherry Lime Popsicles

I had this thought. What if everything we are trying so hard to reach isn’t as important as what we can touch right here, right now? Perhaps our goals become distractions keeping us from the real gem staring in front of us, begging for a cherry lime popsicle promising not to get sticky-again. Continue reading Cherry Lime Popsicles

Red White and Blueberry Popsicles

Bring out the sparklers, Independence Day is nearly here. As I kid we used to drive to see the big fireworks in nearby cities. I remember lying on the grass looking up at the dark sky getting illuminated with the brightest colors. Sometimes it felt like I needed sunglasses just to keep watching the show. Do you remember the boom? If you’ve ever sat on the ground to watch the show, you can feel the boom from underneath you. It’s like nothing I’ve experienced before. Kinda like these red white and blueberry popsicles. Continue reading Red White and Blueberry Popsicles

Lemon Pudding Cake

You won’t believe where I am right now. It’s like Heaven itself came down and graced me with a view. A serene lake smoothed out with scarcely a ripple, mountain sides around decorated with pines, redwoods, and the like. Cloudy skies whispering rain drops. And I’m here sitting on an entire hill made of sand. The kids are climbing up the sand dune as high as they can, then running with all their might down to collide into us. Josh is trying to convince me he needs a pet salamander and Thad helped the kids catch 21, that’s right 21, in a little mote they made out of sand. The water is cold, but not unbearable. Somehow Rori and Sam are braving the lake with shivers and excitement about the pool of newts they’ve collected.

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Creamy Granola Popsicles

Sometimes I feel like Olaf from the cartoon “Frozen”. I love warm hugs and summer! To me, summer is lounging around in tank tops, sun bathing and oversized hats. My kids are the same way, except they prefer summer with popsicles in hand the sprinklers on in the backyard. To them, that’s summer. I can’t say I disagree one bit.

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Mimi’s Lemon Pudding

Everyone needs a Mimi. Someone who isn’t exactly related by blood, but becomes family by default. Someone who will play on the floor building race tracks and wooden towers to be knocked over by the large and in charge toddler. She doesn’t mind making messes in the kitchen and could spend an entire afternoon following a child who’s following the chickens.

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Lemon Protein Bars

Last week I almost gave up. Life was coming down hard and doubts were filling my mind. Can I really keep eating well with no cheats AND keep up with everything around me? There were nights when I didn’t have time to make dinner. I had forgotten to meal prep on the weekend. All I wanted was taco truck. Continue reading Lemon Protein Bars

Swirly Cinnamon Rolls

Saturday, Saturday what a fun fun day! As a kid this song rang through the house accompanied with the smell of pancakes on the weekends. I grew up where time stood still. Saturdays were for cartoons and pancakes. Growing up took a long time and that was good. Imagination was key and my parents were full of it. We never lived extravagantly, eating out was considered something special. My brother loved “riding” the vacuum and hide and seek was the best regardless of the fact that we lived in a small farm house my parents remodeled. With only a handful of places to hide, the wonder of it all made it exciting.

I still get excited when I play with my kids. There is something healing about sharing a game or an imaginative story with the ones you love. I was out of town this past weekend and came home to a full day with the kids. We played board games, made sticker books and laughed about nonsense. Waking up to a homemade breakfast is the top, the best after a long week. I remember just the smell of pancakes could bring a smile to my face. I was the kid who always wanted to stay in bed “just 5 more minutes” and that was the trick to get me up. Ironically, I have child like that now and he is sooo hard to wake up in the mornings. Negotiations start at 7am in my house and are usually won over with a delicious breakfast or promises of a fun day after school is out. Thanks Mom, you were absolutely right when you said one I’d have a kid just like me. Sigh.

Cinnamon rolls are king of weekends around here. It used to be that something special in a tube I’d pick up at the store once in a while. Then we switched the way we ate and my family went without cinnamon rolls for longer than I’d like to confess. I tried some paleo and gluten free versions, but nothing quite tasted right. Holding together was hard too. I couldn’t get the doughs to stick together to even look like they should.

The Return Of The Swirly Cinnamon Roll

Yes, that’s a slight Star Wars reference. If you knew my husband, you’d know why I must do that once in a while. This year I went after the cinnamon roll. I did my research played around with different doughs and various ways to bake them. Finally, after much deliberation, I created something my whole family gladly calls cinnamon rolls. The kids love that they swirl correctly too. I guess that’s a thing.

Gluten free and using coconut sugar really makes these treats easier on the gut. They are still a treat and you won’t find us eating them every week, but at least they are back into the rotation.

Go play with your kids. Have an undignified round of hide and go seek that ends in some poor kid hiding in a pile of dirty laundry for 15 minutes before you find them. Just me? I don’t believe that for a second. Make the weekends great and bake some homemade cinnamon rolls. To make life easier, I linked the specialty ingredients in the recipe. It will take you to Amazon where you can order what you need directly. I receive a small percentage of sales made to Amazon through my website. 

Swirly Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

    Filling
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 T butter, unsalted

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the almond milk, 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup maple syrup together. Don't let it come to a boil, turn off the heat just before that. Allow the liquid to come to lukewarm temperature.
  2. Add the yeast, stir and let it sit for 1 minute.
  3. Now add the flours and mix into a dough. Let it rise for an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°. Grease a round baking dish.
  5. Mix in the other ingredients. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface. I use brown rice flour to sprinkle on the counter before rolling.
  6. Prepare the filling in a small bowl. Spread over the dough using a brush or spatula.
  7. Roll into a tight log, being careful not the tear the dough.
  8. Cut into cinnamon rolls and place in the baking dish. Bake for 13-15 minutes.
  9. Make the icing while they bake.
  10. Let cool, then ice.
  11. Enjoy your day!
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Jam Sandwich Cookies

My daughter asked me approximately 50 million questions today. She wanted to do the dog’s hair, try on 3 different princess dresses and eat her food in the living room like she couldn’t hear me specifically say not to. She wanted to play with kitties and cuddle in the sunshine. Then have more snacks and do my hair💁 Don’t forget the endless dancing in between each activity.

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